Veteran political analyst Allister Sparks expects the ANC that has ruled
He expects the largest Parliamentary opposition party, the Democratic Alliance to grow from 12% to 15% and the ANC-splinter party, the Congress of the People, led by former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota to win between eight and 10% of the vote. Under SA`s proportional representation system 10% of the vote will translate into 40 seats in the 400-seat National Assembly.
Bua News reports Mthetwa and government’s Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster (JCPS) cluster assured South Africans on Friday that everything would be done to ensure the elections will be free and fair in violence hotspots such as Nongoma.
“We can confidently proclaim that the forthcoming democratic elections in
“Our ground forces are ready to protect all citizens that will be voting on Election Day. They will also provide additional security support to the electoral officers of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).”
Mthetwa averred the province would remain within the watchful eye of the JCPS cluster until all election activities were over. “We remain hopeful that besides the high number of recorded incidents, this province is under strict control and will deliver a peaceful and fair election.
“The leadership of the cluster will remain in the province even on Election Day to ensure maximum monitoring and speedy decision making.”
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However, a “large number of police and soldiers have been deployed in the province to unmask the perpetrators of political violence,” Bua, a state news service, reported.
It added the police`s National Intervention Unit has already successfully arrested 60 people in election-related incidents.
“This is indeed a major concern, but as a back-up we have unleashed the highest number of soldiers and back-up police to secure the area as well as possible assistance to the IEC personnel who might be intimidated,” he said.
Defence Minister Charles Nqakula said even though he is hopeful that there will be peaceful elections in
He further sought to assure the public that the authorities would deploy soldiers and police at all voting stations in hotspots if the need arose.
“We’ve also prioritised election related cases and requested the Department of Justice to enforce strict bail conditions and speedy trials to those charged with breaching the electoral laws,” Nqakula said.
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On Thursday Cabinet noted “that campaigning for the general elections has proceeded very well with only a few and isolated reports of violence”.
In a statement issued after President Kgalema Motlanthe`s last meeting as head of the executive, Cabinet called on all South Africans to vote and appealed to do nothing to prevent free, fair and peaceful elections “in every corner of our country.
“No amount of intimidation and or violence will be tolerated. Security personnel will be ready to deal with anyone attempting to prevent South Africans from exercising their hard earned right to vote,” the statement added.
Former President Nelson Mandela`s spouse Graça Machel has also called on political hotheads to keep their cool. Speaking to the state broadcaster she said “the world is watching SA.” She told the SABC “SA has somehow been a face and a voice of how Africans are able to come together and deal with intractable issues. So we should not spoil that image of maturity, of hope…”
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